Scientific Field


San Diego State College


Geology (Geophysics)


Scripps Inst. of Oceanography


Oceanography(Marine Geophysics)


2010 Research Professor, Earth Research Institute, UCSB


Professor, Department of Earth Science (Geological Sciences), UCSB

2005-2010 Assoc. Dean, Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences, UCSB

1997- 2003

Chair, Department of Geological Sciences, UCSB


Director, Institute for Crustal Studies, UCSB


Acting Director, Institute for Crustal Studies, UCSB


Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, UCSB


Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, UCSB


Assistant Scientist, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Postgraduate Research Geologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Geophysicist (GS-7), Arctic Science and Technology Laboratory, U. S. Navy Electronics Laboratory Center




Fellow of the Geological Society of America


Co-Recipient, Newcomb Cleveland Prize of AAAS


Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University


Antarctic Service Medal, U. S. National Science Foundation, and Department of the Navy


Contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th edition; article "Ocean Basins"

1984 - present

Named to Who's Who in Technology, American Men and Women of Science

1994 - present

Named to Who's Who in America;
Who's Who in Science and Engineering


Fellow of the American Geophysical Union




NASCO Committee on Marine Geophysical Formats


NAS NRC Working Group on Problems of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge


Working Group 10-2 of Inter-Union Commission on Geodynamics


member of review comm. for the data center of the Ocean Drilling Program

1991 -

ANTOSTRAT, Antarctic offshore stratigraphy project; Scientific Comm. for Antarctic Research


proposal review Panelist for the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program


LIRA; Lithospheric Investigations Ross Sea Area: Scientific Comm. for Antarctic Research


member of UC systemwide Advisory Cttee for the Inst. of Geophysics and Planetary Physics

1998 - 2000 Southern Calif. Integrated GPS Network Coordinating Board
2001- 2008 U.S. Minerals Management Service, Quality Review Board, offshore Santa Maria Basin project
2005- present ANDRILL (Antarctic Drilling) Science Committee


Symposium Manager: 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences




GEOLOGY, Editorial Advisor






TECTONOPHYSICS, member of Editorial Board


PAGEOPH, member of Editorial Board


Fellow of the Geological Society of America
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

Scientist: 1967, TOW MAS cruise in northeast Pacific; 1971, CHAIN cruise 100, Legs 8 and 9 to New Hebrides Island Arc and Solomon Sea; 1971, ALVIN diving operations in the Bahamas; 1972, Leg 26 of Deep Sea Drilling Project, Indian Ocean (with Davies); 1973, KNORR cruise 31 (FAMOUS), Deep Tow Legs 1 and 2 to Mid-Atlantic Ridge; 1976, Leg 49 of Deep Sea Drilling Project, North Atlantic (with Cann); 1979, RISE project ALVIN dives on East Pacific Rise 21°N (with Macdonald and Spiess); 1982-83, high resolution mapping in Santa Barbara Channel; 1996, Nathaniel Palmer cruise 96-01 to the eastern Ross Sea and western Marie Byrd Land (with Bartek); 1998, Kiwi Leg 12 on R/V Roger Revelle to Manihiki Plateau, South Pacific; 2003, 2004 Nathaniel Palmer cruises 03-01 and 03-06 to the Ross Sea (with Bartek, and D.S. Wilson).

Participant: 1962, PROA, geological exploration of western Pacific; 1966, seismic exploration of Hawaiian Arch; 1966, Deep Tow exploration of Hawaiian Arch; 1967-68, Deep Tow investigations off California coast; 1967, sonar search for sunken Roman shipwrecks off coast of Turkey; 1970; SEVEN TOW, Deep Tow exploration of Aleutian Trench; 1978, AMAR-78, ALVIN dives in FAMOUS area; 1987, sonar search for PacBaroness shipwreck; 2005 DELTA submersible and sonar investigations at the Coal Oil Point seep field, Santa Barbara. 2006 Nathaniel Palmer cruise 06-07C to the Chatham Rise, New Zealand.

1978, paleomagnetic studies on the Samail ophiolite, Sultanate of Oman; 1984, 1985, paleomagnetic studies in the Southern Alps and environs, New Zealand; 1989/90 and 1990/91, paleomagnetic and geologic studies in the Ford Ranges, Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica. 1992/93 participant in seventh German national Antarctic expedition to Marie Byrd Land.

Marine geophysics, plate tectonics, paleomagnetism, paleooceanography and paleoclimate, exploration geophysics, southern California, West Antarctica tectonics and glacial history, marine hydrocarbon seeps.




Luyendyk, B. P. A model for Neogene crustal rotations, transtension, and transpression in southern California. Bull. Geol. Soc. Amer., v. 103, 1528-1536, 1991.

Luyendyk, B.P., Richard, S.M., Smith, C.H., and D.L. Kimbrough, Geological and geophysical investigations in the northern Ford Ranges, Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica, in Yoshida, Y. et al. (eds.) Recent Progress in Antarctic Earth Science, Terra Pub., Tokyo, 279-288, 1992.

Nicholson, C., Sorlien, C.C., and B.P. Luyendyk, Deep crustal structure and tectonics in the offshore Santa Maria basin, California. Geology, v. 20, 239-242, 1992.

Nicholson, C., Sorlien, C.C., Atwater, T., Crowell, J.C., and Luyendyk, B.P., Microplate capture, rotation of the western Transverse Ranges, and initiation of the San Andreas transform as a low angle fault system. Geology, v. 22, 491-495, 1994.

Richard, S.M., Smith, C.H., Kimbrough, D.L., Fitzgerald, P.G., Luyendyk, B.P., and McWilliams, M.O., Cooling history of the northern Ford Ranges, Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica. Tectonics, v. 13, 837-857, 1994.

Steritz, J., and B. P. Luyendyk, Hosgri fault zone, offshore Santa Maria basin, California. In Alterman, I. B., McMullen, R.B., Cluff, L.S., and D.B. Slemmons eds., Seismotectonics of the central California Coast Ranges. Geol. Soc. Amer. Spec. Paper. 292, 191-210, 1994.

Luyendyk, B.P., Hypothesis for Cretaceous Rifting of East Gondwana caused by Subducted Slab Capture. Geology, v. 23, 373-376, 1995.

Luyendyk, B.P., Cisowski, S., Smith, C.H., Richard, S. and Kimbrough, D.L., Paleomagnetic study of the northern Ford Ranges, western Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica: A middle Cretaceous pole, and motion between West and East Antarctica. Tectonics, v. 15, 122-141, 1996.

Schermer, E., Luyendyk, B. P., and Cisowski, S., Late Cenozoic structure and tectonics of the northern Mojave Desert. Tectonics, v. 15, 905-932. 1996.

Luyendyk, B.P., 1997, Slab capture versus ridge collision as an explanation for Cretaceous extension and rifting of east Gondwana. in Ricci, C. A., ed., The Antarctic Region: Geological Evolution and Processes, Proceed. VII Symp. on Antarctic Earth Sci., Siena, 467-474.

Luyendyk, B. P., Gans, P., Kamerling, M. J., 1998, 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology of Southern California Neogene Volcanism, in. Weigand, P. W., ed., Contributions to the Geology of the Northern Channel Islands, Southern California: Amer. Assoc. Petroleum Geol., Pacific Section, Misc. Pub. 45, 9-35.

Luyendyk, B. P., 1998, Structure under the Santa Barbara Channel: The thick and thin of it, in, Kunitomi, D. S., Hopps, T. E., and Galloway, J. M., eds., Structure and Petroleum Geology, Santa Barbara Channel, California, Amer. Assoc. Petroleum Geol., Pacific Section, Misc. Pub. 46, 75-78.

Hornafius, J.S., Quigley, D. and Luyendyk, B.P., 1999, The World’s Most Spectacular Marine Hydrocarbon Seeps (Coal Oil Point, Santa Barbara Channel, California): Quantification of Emissions, J. Geophys. Res. - Oceans, vol. 104, no. C9, 20,703-20,711.

Quigley, D.C., Hornafius, J.S., Luyendyk, B.P., Francis, R.D., Clark, J., and L. Washburn, 1999, Decrease in Natural Marine Hydrocarbon Seepage near Coal Oil Point, California Associated with Offshore Oil Production, Geology, vol. 27, no. 11, p. 1047-1050.

Sorlien, C.C., Nicholson, C.N., and Luyendyk, B.P., 1999, Miocene Extension and Post-Miocene Transpression Offshore of South-Central California. In Keller, M.A. ed., Evolution of Sedimentary Basins, Onshore Oil and Gas Investigations - Santa Maria Province: U.S. Geological Survey Bull., 11995-Y, 38p.

Clark, J., Washburn, L., Hornafius, J. S., and Luyendyk, B. P., Natural Marine Hydrocarbon Seep Source of Dissolved Methane to California Coastal Waters, J. Geophys. Res. - Oceans, v. 105,11,509-11,522, 2000.

Sorlien, C. C., Gratier, J. P., Luyendyk, B.P.,Hornafius, J. S., and Hopps, T. E, 2000, Map restoration of folded and faulted late Cenozoic strata across the Oak Ridge fault, onshore and offshore Ventura basin, California, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 112, p. 1080-1090.

Hamilton, Rhea, B. P. Luyendyk, C. C. Sorlien, and L. R. Bartek, Cenozoic Tectonics of the Cape Roberts Rift Basin, and Transantarctic Mountains Front, Southwestern Ross Sea, Antarctica, Tectonics, 20, 325-342, 2001.

Luyendyk, B.P., C. C. Sorlien, D. Wilson, L. Bartek, and C.H. Siddoway, Structural and tectonic evolution of the Ross Sea rift in the Cape Colbeck region, Eastern Ross Sea, Antarctica, Tectonics, 20, 933-958, 2001.

Larson, R. L., Pockalny, R. A., Viso, R. F., Erba, E., Abrams, L. J., Luyendyk, B. P., Stock, J. M., and R. W. Clayton, Mid-Cretaceous tectonic evolution of the Tongareva triple junction in the southwestern Pacific basin, Geology, 30, 67-70, 2002.

Clark, J.F., I. Leifer, L. Washburn, and B.P. Luyendyk, Compositional changes in natural gas bubble plumes: Observations from the Coal Oil Point marine hydrocarbon seep field, Geo-Marine Letters, 23, 187-193 DOI 10.1007/s00367-003-0137-y, 2003.

Leifer, I., J.F. Clark, B.P. Luyendyk, and D.L. Valentine, Identifying future directions for subsurface hydrocarbon migration research, EOS (American Geophysical Union Transactions), 84 (37), 364-371, 2003.

Luyendyk, B.P., D.S. Wilson, and C.S. Siddoway, Eastern margin of the Ross Sea Rift in western Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica: Crustal structure and tectonic development, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 4 (10), 1090, doi:10.1029/2002GC000462, 2003.

Donnellan, A., and B.P. Luyendyk, GPS Evidence for a Coherent Antarctic plate and for Postglacial Rebound in Marie Byrd Land, Global and Planetary Change, 42, 305- 311, 2004.

Leifer, I., J.R. Boles, B.P. Luyendyk, and J.F. Clark, Transient discharges from marine hydrocarbon seeps: spatial and temporal variability, Environmental Geology, 46, 1038–1052 DOI 10.1007/s00254-004-1091-3, 2004.

Luyendyk, B.P., J.P. Kennett, and J. Clark, Hypothesis for Increased Atmospheric Methane Input from Hydrocarbon Seeps on Exposed Continental Shelves during Glacial Low Sea Level, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 22 (4), 591-596, 2005.

Leifer, I., B. P. Luyendyk, J. Boles, and J. F. Clark (2006), Natural marine seepage blowout: Contribution to atmospheric methane, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 20, GB3008,doi:10.1029/2005GB002668.

Wilson, D. S., and B. P. Luyendyk, Bedrock platforms within the Ross Embayment, West Antarctica: Hypotheses for ice sheet history, wave erosion, Cenozoic extension, and thermal subsidence, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 7, Q12011, doi:12010.11029/12006GC001294. 2006.

Sorlien, C. C., B. P. Luyendyk, D. S. Wilson, R. C. Decesari, L. R. Bartek, and J. B. Diebold, Oligocene development of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet recorded in eastern Ross Sea strata, Geology, v. 35; no. 5; p. 467–470; doi: 10.1130/G23387A.1. 2007.

Del Sontro, T., Leifer, I., Luyendyk, B.P., Broitman, B.R., Beach tar accumulation, transport mechanisms, and sources of variability at Coal Oil Point, California. Marine Pollution Bulletin 54, pp. 1461-1471. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.04.022. 2007. 

Huirong-Anita Ai, Joann M. Stock, Robert Clayton, and Bruce Luyendyk, (2008), Vertical tectonics of the High Plateau region, Manihiki Plateau, Western Pacific, from seismic stratigraphy, Mar. Geophys. Res., v 29, 13-26. DOI 10.1007/s11001-008-9042-0. 2008.

Hopson, C. A., J. M. Mattinson, E. A. Pessagno, and B. Luyendyk (2008), California Coast Range ophiolite: Composite Middle and Late Jurassic oceanic lithosphere, in Ophiolites, Arcs, and Batholiths: A Tribute to Cliff Hopson, edited by J. E. Wright and J. W. Shervais, Special Paper 438, pp. 1-101; DOI: 110.1130/20008.22438(20001), Geological Society of America.

Wilson, D. S., and B. P. Luyendyk (2009), West Antarctic paleotopography estimated at the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition, Geophysical Research Letters, 36 (L16302), doi:10.1029/2009GL039297.

Ira Leifer, Marc J. Kamerling, Bruce P. Luyendyk, Douglas S. Wilson (2010), Geologic Control of Natural Marine Seep Hydrocarbon Emissions, Coal Oil Point Seep Field, California, Geo-Marine Letters, v. 30, p 331–338 DOI 10.1007/s00367-010-0188-9.

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